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From: Nicholas Allott (n.allott@ucl.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Oct 22 2003 - 12:10:34 GMT

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    Pragmatic theory online distance course

    The Department of Phonetics and Linguistics at University College
    London is pleased to announce a postgraduate online distance learning
    course in relevance theory and pragmatics, and to invite applications
    from prospective students for a pilot course, to run from January to
    May 2004. Numbers on this pilot course will be limited to around 20.
    Applications, on the application form available online at <
    http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/courses/dl/prag/announce.htm>, including a
    brief description of your educational background and reasons for
    undertaking the course, should be sent to Stefanie Anyadi, Department
    of Phonetics and Linguistics, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK,
    by December 1, 2003. Preliminary questions, indications of interest or
    requests for information should be sent to Nicholas Allott (
    n.allott@ucl.ac.uk ).

    The course draws on the expertise in pragmatics at UCL, with input from
    Professor Deirdre Wilson, co-author of 'Relevance: Communication and
    Cognition' and Dr. Robyn Carston, author of 'Thoughts and Utterances:
    The Pragmatics of Explicit Communication' (both books will be
    recommended reading). It will be provided via an interactive website,
    with course content and class discussions accessible online using an
    ordinary web-browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator
    see the online announcement for details of computer requirements ). The
    course is modular, with ten units, each covering an area of pragmatic
    theory. The syllabus includes Grice's contribution to modern
    pragmatics, the foundations of relevance theory, explicit and implicit
    communication, metaphor and irony. Assessment will be by coursework,
    and an essay towards the end of the course.

    Applicants should have at least an undergraduate degree and preferably
    some background in linguistics, philosophy or psychology, and a level
    of proficiency in English suitable for postgraduate study. They will
    need internet access for the duration of the course, but need not have
    access to a university library since most required reading will be made
    available online.

    The cost of the pilot course is 385. (It is anticipated that the cost
    will be rather higher in subsequent years.) Until the course is
    officially approved (which should be during the current academic year),
    we will provide a certificate of completion, an assessment of your work
    and a short report. If you are attending an academic institution which
    allows credit for external courses, you should be able to get official
    credit for the pilot course by resubmitting your work.

    This announcement is also available online at <


    Nicholas Allott
    Dept of Phonetics and Linguistics

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